My miniature embroidery trial project is finished! Overall, I liked working on it – a lot!! As with most projects, now that it’s finished, I can take a retrospective view on the experience and conclude that, sure, there are a few things I’d change if doing it again… but overall, I’m pretty happy with the wee thing.
For this little piece, I used 48 count Alabaster Angel from Legacy Linen. The design comes from a Sweetheart Tree kit I picked up while on vacation a couple years ago. In the original kit, the fabric was a 28 count pink checkered linen, which was to be stitched over 2 threads. If the piece were stitched by the kit directions, the final project would be between five and six inches square.
I used one thread of DMC in the colors recommended for the kit. Unfortunately, the beads included with the kit (Mill Hill Petites) were too large to include!
The finished size of the embroidery is just barely shy of 1.5″ x 1.5″. I used the tent stitch (half cross stitch) for the whole piece.
In needlepoint, which generally makes regular use of tent stitch, the stitches are generally always worked in one direction. However, I found that, when adapting a cross stitch design – especially one with different parts pointing in four different directions in the corners – it is acceptable, wise, a good idea, necessary even, to change the direction of the tent stitch… I figured that out a bit late with some parts of the design.
In the original kit, the inside of the parallel lines that make up the central diamond is filled with Algerian Eye stitch worked in white. I suppose I could have been a bit adventurous and filled in the diamond thus, but I liked it better as it is. I though the filling stitches would crowd the piece too much.
Now, for another treat, here’s a photo Ginger sent of a miniature coverlet, stitched in surface embroidery stitches. She took the photo at a museum, where the curator allowed her to. The silver stitching and the silver lace on the edge are really nice, and I love the fact that it is all regular surface embroidery! What fun! Imagine the time that went into this tiny thing…
Thanks, Ginger, for sending the photo. I’ve replied in the usual place…! Sorry! I’m looking into getting that problem fixed!
I suppose most miniature embroidery is done for doll houses. I, on the other hand, intend to frame and hang this little piece, along with Christiana’s sampler!
Speaking of framing miniature embroidery, here’s an excellent tutorial by Larry at Wood’n Bits on making miniature frames for embroidery. He takes you step-by-step through making tiny frames which you can then mount silk gauze onto, and stitch, and, when you’re finished stitching, you have a framed piece. It’s a great tutorial. He continued it with another post on more miniature frames, which he sells – take a look!
And finally, speaking of silk gauze, once upon a time, I thought I had a link to somewhere online that offers 72 gauge silk gauze. Of course, I’ve lost the link… but to wonder if I imagined it? Does silk gauze come in such a fine mesh? Anyone know? and if so, would you happen to know where I can find some? I think I like this little stuff – not for looooong term, on-going embroidery, trust me! But for fun little projects, I like going micro!